Thursday, March 21, 2013

Eggcellent Word Study- Take it and Make it- Synonym, Antonym, and Homophone Practice that's FUN! Plus, Spring Chick Clipart!!

Hi there!

I have some really fun stuff to share with you today!!

So, I saw this linky and I knew I had to link up because I had had a similar idea of throwing a linky like this, but now, since Cynthia at 2nd Grade Pad is throwing it, I don't have to feel pressure to have something ready every week!  I can link up when we have an idea, or for weeks that we don't, I can just go check out her blog for more ideas!  SCORE!!  (not that I'm lazy or anything, but you know how some weeks go!!)  ;O)

Now, I'll say this- our school doesn't really celebrate holidays (Christmas, Easter, etc.) because we have students that have different beliefs, so I get a little stressed about that sometimes. However, I'm throwing caution to the wind because, well, I just want to do this activity.  So.  There.

I like to see all the activities that younger grade teachers come up with for centers and stuff, but I find myself thinking, awwwww, I wish we could do something like that! 

So, we are going to.

Do it.

Well, something similar, anyway.  :O)

Our district does not teach spelling (I know, don't even get me started) so in 4th grade we focus on word study- greek and latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes, as well as synonyms, antonyms, and homophones.  The roots can be hard so we throw in synonyms, etc, to off-set some of that.

I've seen different activities used with Easter eggs.  So I had this idea.  I talked it out with Stacia, and she had a different idea, after some trial and error, we found Stacia's idea to work better so I'm here to share it with you!
I have 3 sets of words- synonyms, antonyms, and homophones.

Each sheet is a different set of words.  Cut them in pairs.  The words are put inside the eggs.  Then, give out the eggs with the different sets all mixed up.  Each student would open their egg, read the two words, decide if they were synonyms, antonyms, or homophones.  Then, they would take it to the basket with the corresponding label.  So, smile and frown would go in the antonym basket.  This could be whole group, pairs, or even individual.  Then, they could check themselves with an answer sheet (you could print an extra sheet and label it so they could use it as an answer key). Or, they could sort their eggs (maybe 5 to a basket) and then write them in a list and you could even take it for a grade!

Here is the freebie for download- 

Go check out the other Take it and Make it ideas at Cynthia's blog by clicking the button below!

And!!  Stacia JUST finished her Cutie Chick Clipart!!

If you missed the free download, click the button below to download the freebie.

But, if the freebies are not enough for you, and you are like me and JUST HAVE TO HAVE these cutie chicks, you can get them for yourself!!!  Look at these cuties!!

(look at their tail feathers!!)

You can get each set separately by clicking each picture, or, you can get them all bundled together by clicking HERE!  If you buy it bundled, you SAVE!

I HAD to make something with these cute chicks, so in theme with our Take it and Make it idea, here's a FREE synonym, antonym, and homophone practice sheet!  (I know we did one with shamrocks recently, but hey, practice is practice!!)  :O)

What do you think about our center ideas and our new clipart??  We'd love to have feedback!!

So, have a great Friday, chics!  ;O)



  1. Thanks so much for all of your cutie-patootie ideas. I'm so glad you joined up with my linky. I hope you'll join every Thursday when you have something to share. I'm also glad I found you as I will be moving from 2nd to 4th next year, so it's nice to find some 4th grade blogs. :-)

    2nd Grade Pad

  2. Love it all! You ladies are fab!!


  3. The clipart is adorable! I love the colors. Thanks for the great ideas and freebies. I have been eyeying containers like the ones you used for a while and keep debating if I should by plastic eggs and try and do something with them - decision made!

  4. Those chicks are flippin' ADORABLE!!! I love them!! The centers and freebies are awesome as always! Thank you!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  5. So adorable! I love the clip art and the egg activity!

  6. Those new chickies are too cute! Love their tail feathers! =)


  7. Your clipart is SO cute! Thanks for the freebies - it's so generous of you two.

    We've been really focusing hard on word studies lately in preparation for THE test. Plus I just really want my kiddos to expand their vocabularies. This will be a fun and festive compliment to our daily word study activities! Thanks friends :)

    Joy in the Journey

  8. Super adorable clipart! Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. Love the clip art and your freebie! I've got to get out and pick up some Easter stuff for my kids before it's all gone!!

    Literacy Spark

  10. I'm thrilled to find this resource. I've really wanted to do something fun with eggs in my classroom and this will be perfect. This is my first visit to your blog, but I know it won't be my last!

  11. I love it all, but that last worksheet is fantastic! I am going to use it tomorrow. Thank you so much!

    Suntans and Lesson Plans

  12. I just LOVE your clipart! Those chicks are simply adorable!! The geometry review with students using their bodies is genius. If that doesn't make a connection to remember, I don't know what will!

    I am happy to be on spring break, but it is bitter sweet. I feel helpless sitting here thinking of all the work that I have left to do and all that they will be forgetting about over break! We have one week when we come back and then the ELA test the next week. Yikes! Keep up the wonderful work!! I honestly don't know how you girls do it:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  13. Thanks for the cute ideas and for linking up with us at All Things Upper Elementary!

  14. Wow, you always have THE BEST freebies.:) Thanks for sharing!

    iTeach 1:1

  15. Aww, super cute! I find myself thinking all the time, "How can I bring my primary teaching abilities into 6th?" What a great idea! Thanks for the freebie!
    Doodling Around in 6th Grade

  16. This is just perfect! Thanks for sharing. EXACTLY what I needed for next week!

    The 4th Grade Journey

  17. Thank you for the great word study activity! I love seeing upper grade word study ideas. I have already pinned it!

    Eclectic Educating

  18. Thanks for the great word activities! Love the cute chicks:) I followed the link to the make and take and had rescue my soap dispenser from the trash:) We made the cute little chicks from another make and take. They are so cute in our hallway. Happy Easter1

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